Gallery: Duke of Edinburgh enjoys traditional naval skills at HMS Ganges in 1973
PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 November 2019
HMS Ganges enjoyed its second visit from Prince Philip in 1973 when the duke inspected the naval trainees as part of a day on the Shotley peninsula.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who had previously visited in 1956, was shown a variety of exercises and entertainment, highlighting Royal Navy traditions and skills.
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The day included the spectacular climbing of the rigging on the 143-foot-high mast of the old steam corvette HMS Cordelia, which as been a landmark on the peninsula and from the River Orwell and Harwich Harbour since 1907.
HMS Ganges moved to Shotley from Harwich in 1904 as part of a £100,000 project to build shore-based accommodation and to expand the facility.
The training centre for boys closed during the Second World War but reopened afterwards. It was finally closed in 1976.
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